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I consider the predecessor as a masterpiece of modern/industrial/avant-garde black metal and was wondering about what comes next. Will they change their style into a new direction – or create something like "Fractal...." Part II ?
Well, the result is pretty much a mix of both. "Time is the sulphur..." contains all the ingredients that made "Fractal" a great album and is even more extreme in many aspects, especially considering the "love it, or hate it" aspect, which is the reason why only very few people will appreciate it.
This time, the album consists only of two songs, each longing for 20 minutes. They are highly complex, intense and inaccessible, and there is no catchiness to be found. There are almost no melodies in a traditional sense. You have to listen to the album several times to understand it, to understand the song structures, and to conceive all the small details - and even after many listens you will still find things that you haven't heard before. But it's worth your patience because it's just as good as "Fractal..." and some parts it might be even better.
There are industrial samples and strange effects again, but they fit perfectly to the music and enrich the atmosphere of the songs. And also the bass plays an important role again – it's always audible (as all the other instruments) and makes the music more interesting. The vocals are outstanding: they range from deep growls and angry screams to spoken and sometimes even elegiac passages. And the drums? They are incredible precise as always. And I rarely heard drums with so much diversity on a black metal album.
The lyrics are about Satanism, but not in a blasphemous way ... in fact, it's a more theological approach like Deathspell Omega did on their "Si momentum..." album. As the title of the album suggests, they are about time and Satan's influence on the cosmos. Read them and interpret them your own way.
However: purists will hate this album. But I don't care. Abigor is nowadays more evil, satanic and insane than 99% of all Darkclones out there. My only complain is, that it's way too short...